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Aug 3, 2013

am from a resource limited country and i have been on cotrimoxazole for tree year with out taking ART is it not dagerous?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Cotrimoxazole (trimethoprim/sulfa, Bactrim ,Septra) is a common antibiotic and used in people living with HIV/AIDS (who have CD4 cell counts below 200) to prevent certain types of serious infections (Pneumocystis and Toxoplasma). It's also used to treat some bacterial infections.

It's ok to use cotrimoxazole for a long time, provided that you have medical monitoring. If your CD4 count is below 200 (or by current World Health Organization guidelines, 500) you should be taking ART.

For more information about cotrimoxazole, check out this Fact Sheet from AIDS InfoNet.

Be well, BY

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